Sarbel and Barbe

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For the 19th-century saint, see Sharbel.
Saints Sarbel and Barbe
Died AD 101
Honored in
Roman Catholic Church, Eastern Orthodox Church
Feast 29 January (or 15 October)

Saints Sarbel and Barbe (or Sarbelius and Barbæa, Sharbil and Babai, etc.) were legendary[1] Christian martyrs of the city Edessa in Mesopotamia. Allegedly Sarbel was a pagan high priest at Edessa; Barbe was his sister. After converting to Christianity, they were tortured and killed under the Roman emperor Trajan. Their feast day is 29 January.[2]


  1. ^ Segal, J. B. Edessa: ‘The Blessed City’, p. 82, at Google Books. Oxford University Press, 1970, p. 82.
  2. ^ Catholic Online